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Mother Accepts High School Diploma For Deceased Son

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South Carolina-It’s graduation time for high schools across the country, but it was a bittersweet moment for one South Carolina family.

They lost their teenage son to leukemia, just a few months before his graduation.

To honor his memory and accomplishments, Michael "Tank" Anderson's mother, accepted the diploma on Tuesday night at Laurens County High.

As his mother walked across the stage to accept his diploma, she received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Tank was a straight “A” honors student, basketball player, classmate and friend.

Tevin Jenkins was his best friend since 2nd grade.

"It was baffling to me sometimes how he would just go above and beyond everybody else. It just seemed like he had this drive that nobody else had," Jenkins said.

His mother says that even when he was sick and homebound, he still forced his way to go to school.

“That’s the kind of son I had. He was very humble, but he was very into education,” said his mother, Ava Boyce.

For two years, Tank battled Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His mother says the community rallied around him in his time of need.

"He would want them to strive, them to strive for excellence to be the best that they could be,” said Boyce.

Today, Tank’s mother honors his legacy with a scholarship fund for graduating seniors with the same drive that "Tank" had.

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